Matthew Kruse is the President of Commstock Investments. He is in charge of defining growth strategies and creating new revenue sources. He has worked in agriculture asset management since 2002 as the Chief Operational Officer for an investment management company that owned and operated sustainable, large scale farmland in Brazil. He currently owns his own asset management company, Genesis Investimentos, which advises American investors on farmland investments in Brazil. He received his BS in Political Science and International Relations from Iowa State University and holds an Executive MBA from Walden University. He holds a Series 3, 30, and 31. He resides in Des Moines, IA.
Katie and her husband have operated a grain and cattle feedlot operation since 2011 and she has been with CommStock Investments since 2014. Katie handles a multitude of daily responsibilities that range from assisting customers with opening new accounts to handling margin clerk responsibilities. Katie holds an Associate degree in Agricultural Business and resides with her family on a farm northwest of Peterson, Iowa.
Sue Hartmann and her husband operate a grain and livestock farming operation near Everly, Iowa. Susie joined CommStock Investments in the mid-90’s as an office assistant. Since that time, she has become our ``Jill of all trades`` as she has handled a multitude of responsibilities, ranging from margin clerk for CommStock Investments to becoming licensed as a crop insurance agent. She now works most extensively with AgriVantage, our crop insurance company as the office manager.
Alan Hoefling grew up on a farm in Northwest Iowa. After completing an Associate Degree in Farm Management in 1980 he went back to the farm and raised livestock and grain. In 2010 Alan started working for Commstock Investments as a broker and in 2012 he was moved into the head broker position. Alan has a sincere passion for helping our producer clients be as profitable as possible and has a great understanding of the marketing tools available to assist our clients. Alan's family also run a fabulous pumpkin patch and corn maze in the fall that is enjoyed by many Northwest Iowa residents.
Jane Kruse is the Vice Chairman for CommStock Investments. In the past, she has held the position of Office and Compliance Manager, overseeing the Regulatory, Compliance and Human resource aspects of the business. She has her Master's degree in Education from Drake University and prior to joining their family business in 1997, held a management position for 12 years at Iowa Lakes Community College.
Having deep roots in agriculture, David grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Northeast Missouri, near Hunnewell. After graduating from the University of Missouri with degrees in Agricultural Economics and Agriculture Systems Management, he accepted a position as a grain merchandiser with a major corporation, bouncing around the western U.S. and then returned back to Missouri as Director of Operations for his state's gubernatorial campaign. Now David is combining his diverse experience in agricultural markets, economic analysis and political maneuvering to work in the futures industry. David brings a down home, hands-on and trustworthy knowledge of production agriculture in both the grain and livestock sectors. He really understands our producer clients, production agriculture and the marketing tools available to his clients.
Josh Van Ryswyk
Josh Van Ryswyk is the Finance and Compliance Manager at CommStock Investments. Josh grew up in Iowa, earning a degree in Corporate Communications from Simpson College. He began his career working as a financial planner and analyst, conducting client portfolio reviews and equity research. He later switched careers working as an executive chef, developing menus and operations for some of the top restaurants in Des Moines. Josh is excited about using his financial management skills to help Commstock improve the customer experience.
Rod has been farming since 1973. He joined CommStock Investments in March of 2000 after reducing his livestock inventory and having more time on his hands. While Rod is still actively engaged in his farm operation, he is also a licensed commodity broker which is helpful in his role as head of AgriVantage and Royalty Insurance, our crop and property and casualty insurance companies. Using a relationship driven model, Rod has built AgriVantage into a trusted and leading crop insurance agency within the state. He prides himself on the fact that we are ``farmers helping farmers`` and understanding both markets and agriculture, allows us to better assist the producers with their crop insurance needs.
Jacob Sebade grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Eastern Nebraska where he managed his own cattle operation through the family farm. After graduating from the University of Nebraska in the University Honors Program with a degree in Accounting, he accepted an internship at The Scoular Company in Kansas where he was in charge of originating grain, hedging their trade position as well as providing logistical support during harvest. Jacob has also worked as a tax accountant to help farmers adopt tax planning strategies to help streamline their operations. Jacob is exciting about meeting with farmers and using his financial and agricultural experience to help producers manage their production risks.
Lori Carter was born and raised in New Mexico. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a BS degree in Animal Science, where she participated on the NMSU Jr Meats Judging team. Lori moved to Garden City, Kansas, to work in Quality Control at Val-Agri Beef Packing. Lori later worked as an ag technician under Dr Gerald Greene at the Kansas State University experiment station. In 1989, Lori went to work as a commodity broker for GC Marketing, where she has been since, as GC Marketing later became Gerber Commodities, and now Commstock Investments. Lori has worked with mostly agricultural clients, assisting them with Risk management for their livestock and ag products, for 30 years. Lori has also been involved in local activities, including Beef Empire Days, SW Kansas CattleWomen, and KSU Extension.